Curriculum Vitae (Astronomy/Science Policy)

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Tammy Bosler, PhD.


09/99 – 10/04 Doctor of Philosophy in Physics at the University of California Irvine (UCI) –  Title:The Ca II Triplet as an [Ca/H] Indicator and the Leo I & Leo II Galaxies”

09/98 – 06/00  Master of Science in Physics at UC Irvine, CA

08/95 – 06/98  Bachelor of Arts in Physics at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

08/93 – 06/95  Academic Credits at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA


09/06 – 08/08 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowat the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) in Arlington, VA, USA

  • Developing and Managing a new NSF funding program for individual investigators called Partnerships in Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE) for FY 2007
  • Coordinating and organizing AST CAREER and Galactic Astronomy panels, FY 2006 & FY 2007
  • Coordinating and Producing an inventory of education and public outreach programs at all national observatories with the input of staff at six observatory sites
  • Implementing and communicating  AST’s ‘Senior Review’ of its portfolio of observatories to the larger U.S. astronomical community
  • Serving as a federal advisor for “Gender Equity: Strengthening the Physics Enterprise in Universities and National Laboratories” (May 2007, American Center for Physics)
  • Participating in Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC) meetings (a congressionally mandated NASA, NSF, & DOE advisory committee).

09/05 -11/05 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow with the National Academies in Washington, D.C., USA

  • Produced “Engineering Education Extension Service (EEES) Proposal Writing and Project Management Guidelines” for the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education (CASEE) in the National Academies of Engineering.

07/05 Guest Lecturer for “Astronomy: Understanding our Place in the Universe” at The Crossings: a Progressive Learning Center in Austin, Texas, USA

04/05 – 07/05 Teaching Assistant for Thermodynamics at the University of Regensburg, Germany

11/04 – 01/05 Astrophysics Consultant for A-Net-Oasis, LLC/, USA

08/03 – 03/04  Outreach Coordinator for UCI’s ‘Astronomy & Astrophysics Outreach Program’

04/99 – 06/03  Teaching Assistant at UCI for 6 classes of introductory astronomy and physics

08/99 – 08/03  Lead Coordinator & Developer for UC Irvine’s ‘Astronomy Outreach Program’
This program began with Tammy and other volunteers going to local schools and hosting community star nights at the UCI observatory and eventually received NSF funding to build upon the simpler model.  Thousands of people were reached in these first fours years of the program. In 2018, this program is still running under the supervision of professor Smecker-Hane.


08/99 – 10/04 Observations and spectroscopic analysis of iron and calcium composition of Galactic red giant branch stars (UC Irvine)

02/02 – 10/04 Mapping the chemical distribution of elements in the stellar populations of the Leo I and Leo II Dwarf galaxies (UC Irvine)

06/97 – 08/97  Modeling the optical path of the LIGO instrumentation (Caltech)scholarships, FELLOWSHIPs and honors

03/04 “Congressional Visit Day 2004” sponsored by the American Astronomical Society

09/00 – 06/02 ARCS Fellowship (“Achievement Rewards for College Scientists”)

09/00 – 06/02 Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research

09/00 – 06/01 UCI Brython Davis Scholarship

09/00   Scholarship for ‘Historical Developments in Modern Cosmology’: Valencia, Spain

06/00   Teaching Assistant of the Year for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCI

06/98   Newport Award in Physics, Temple University Physics Department

09/97 – 06/98 Student Advisor/Ombudsperson, Temple University Physics Department

06/97 – 08/97 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, California Institute of Technology

09/96 – 06/97 President of the local Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter, Temple University


AAAS-sponsored training (1/2 to 1 day events 2006-2007)
Communicating about Science and Yourself; Making the Most out of Meetings; Your Leadership Signature; Maximizing Relationships with Mentors and Supervisors; Career Power: A Guide for Development Training; Transitioning from Scientist to Manager; Networking Skills in DC

NSF Program Managers’ Training (November 2006 – 4 days)

AAAS Orientation (September 2006 – 2 weeks)
Over 30 seminars covering Executive and Legislative Branch functions, federal budget process, interagency cooperation, international and national economic policy, diplomacy, foreign policy, science policy, working within a bureaucratic system and ethics.

 Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society, American Astronomical Society, Society of Physics Students, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Interactive Data Language (IDL), Mathematica, C, LaTex, HTML, PHP

UNIX, Linux, MS Windows

English (Native speaker), German (fluent speaker), Italian (conversational), Chinese (basic)


  1. “Derived Abundances of the Leo II Dwarf Galaxy” Shetrone, M.,  Cook, D.,  Bosler, T., & M. Siegel, 2008 2009, AJ, 137, 62
  2. “The Chemical Abundances of the Stellar Populations of the Leo I and Leo II Galaxies”, Bosler, T., Smecker-Hane, T.A., P.B. Stetson, 2007, MNRAS, 378, 318
  3. “Productivity and Impact of Space-based Astronomical Telescope”, Trimble, V., Zaich, P, Bosler, T., 2006, PASP, 118, 651
  4. “Productivity and Impact of Optical Telescopes”, Trimble, V., Zaich, P. & Bosler, T., 2005 PASP, 117, 111
  5. Stellar Populations of the Leo I and Leo II dSph Galaxies: Chemical Abundances and Ages” Bosler, T.L., Smecker-Hane, T.A., Cole, A.A. & P.B. Stetson, 2003, Carnegie Observatories Astrophysics Series, Vol. 4: Origin and Evolution of the Elements, (Pasadena, CA USA)
  6. The Ca II Triplet as an Abundance Indicator” Bosler, T.L., Smecker-Hane, T. A. & McWilliam, A., 2002 Observed HR Diagrams and Stellar Evolution, eds. T. Lejeune and J. Fernandes, (ASP San Francisco, USA) ASP Conference Series, Vol. 274, 252
  7. The Effect of Age on Red Giant Metallicities Derived from the Near-Infrared Ca II Triplet”, Cole, A.A., Smecker-Hane, T.A., Tolstoy, E., Bosler, T.L.  & J.S. Gallagher, 2004 MNRAS, 347, 367
  8. Chemical Abundances, Kinematics and Ages of Red Giant Stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud II”, Smecker-Hane, TA., Cole, A.A., Mandushev, G.I., Bosler, T.L. & J.S. Gallagher, 2004 (in preparation)

06/05 Max Plank institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany, “The Ca II Triplet Revisited: A Calibration to [Ca/H] & the Stellar Abundances of the Leo I and Leo II dSphs”

05/07 Carnegie Observatory, Pasadena, USA, “The Ca II Triplet Revisited”


01/04 American Astronomical Society (AAS) 203rd meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

02/03 Carnegie Observatories Centennial Symposium IV: Origin and Evolution of the Elements, Pasadena, CA USA

07/02 Ringberg Workshop on the Chemical Evolution of Dwarf Galaxies – Present Status and Perspectives, Bavaria, Germany

06/02 AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, USA

06/01 Observed HR Diagrams and Stellar Evolution: The Interplay between Observational Constraints and Theory,Coimbra, Portugal

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